Chronic Pain in Tarrytown

Chronic pain can last for many years and is disruptive to the lives of those it affects. Acute pain lasts for hours or weeks, but chronic pain will not go away. Although the intensity of your pain may decrease or change, when it lasts and doesn’t seem to go away it is chronic pain – but there is a way to get lasting relief for chronic pain.

How is Chronic Pain Different From Other Types of Pain?

We’ve all had sprained ankles and pulled back muscles. And while those incidents are never pleasant, these acute pains rarely last more than a few weeks. Chronic pain, on the other hand, can go on for months or even years, especially when you can’t find the proper diagnosis or treatment for it.

Apart from the longer timeframe, chronic pain differs from the other main category of pain — acute pain — in that it doesn’t always have a cause that is easy to pinpoint. In fact, while acute pain normally comes from a sudden illness or injury, chronic pain might stem from a wrenched back that happened so long ago that you don’t remember. Alternatively, your pain may have its origins from non-injury conditions, such as a degenerating disk, aging joints, postural patterns, stress, or a pinched or trapped nerve.

Most importantly, chronic pain differs from acute pain in that it sometimes can’t be measured or even found through traditional testing like X-rays or MRIs. Of course, sometimes inflammation can be detected with these diagnostic tools, but often it’s a physical therapist who is best able to determine the location and extent of the issue.

What are Some Common Forms of Chronic Pain?

As you might imagine, there are many chronic pain-causing conditions that don’t go away on their own. Among the types which may be helped by physical therapy are:

  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Pelvic Joint Pain
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Foot Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Low back pain
  • Fibromyalgia

How Can Physical Therapy Help My Chronic Pain?

The type of chronic pain you have, as well as its underlying cause and your body’s state at the time of treatment will determine what sort of techniques your physical therapist will recommend.

Among the techniques a physical therapist will employ to help relieve pain, as well as improve range of motion, are manual therapy, in which your physical therapist will stretch and apply gentle pressure to target problem joints, muscles, and other structures. Teaching you posture and movement techniques to reduce pain is often a key part of chronic pain therapy, as are exercises for improving strength and flexibility.

When you need help dealing with — and eradicating — chronic pain, call us for a consultation. Our highly trained team of physical therapists is here to help.

Types of Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

A series of muscle-strengthening exercises and therapeutic methods can help to relieve your long-term discomfort. Before we can create a strategy, we will evaluate your range of motion, muscle tone, movement patterns, and comfort level. Your physical therapist will schedule sessions to help you improve your posture, mobility, strength, and comfort.

Physical Therapy solutions can include cupping, traction, manual therapy, self-treatment techniques, and topical pain relief depending on your needs. You can also do exercises and stretches that you learn in your physical therapy session at home to help reduce your pain.

You Can Trust Our Tarrytown Physical Therapy Specialists

Our experienced physical therapy team has been helping patients manage chronic pain and our specialists are licensed to provide exceptional and personalized care to reduce pain and restore function. We can help reduce chronic pain and our staff offers the best in hands-on treatment and a variety of options for patients. Call us today to book your appointment.

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Tracey Daniels

Google only lets me give Myriah 5 stars but she is so many more. Myriah is smart, kind, gentle but effective. I completely trust her which is enormous because even when PT is hard I know it’s ok. Both my husband and I have seen Myriah for a number of issues ranging in complexity (I just had 3 surgeries on a broken leg in 3 places) and we would both recommend her without reservation.

Christina Wallace

Myriah is truly amazing at what she does and a wonderful human being to boot! I’ve sought her expertise many times previously for other issues, but went back this week with a new problem: TMJ and a misaligned jaw from breathing and/or talking weird in a face mask all day at work. She took her time with me, explained everything she was doing, and I left her office probably 90% better (which is huge after only ONE treatment!) I’ve been able to eat and talk without any pain the last few days. I’m looking forward to seeing her again for a follow-up next week and am confident in a complete recovery. For what it is worth, I am also a healthcare professional in the Rivertowns. So in addition to seeing her when I personally need treatment, I have also entrusted several of my own patients into Myriah’s care. She has never disappointed.